Bemis Tupman earns small business honor

ALTON — Bemis Tupman Chiropractic has been named the July 2022 RiverBend Growth Association Small Business of the Month.

Located at 4105 Humbert Road, Suite 102, in Alton, the business formerly known as Dr. Frank C. Bemis and Associates changed its moniker after Frank’s daughter Kristina Bemis and her husband Stephen Tupman bought the practice in December 2019. With their purchase, the practice is now known as Bemis Tupman Chiropractic.

“We purchased the practice in December 2019, and the [pandemic] shutdown began three months later, in March 2020,” said Bemis. “While our doors never closed, our practice suffered a loss as many of our wellness and elderly patients paused on their regular care for a period of time.”


While the name has been the most visible change along with its fresh interior paint throughout, Bemis shared the duo has “big dreams” for more changes in the future.

Bemis and Dr. Stephen Tupman met in 2013 while attending chiropractic school in Davenport, Iowa. An Alton native, Bemis was planning to join her father’s practice after graduation and perhaps also work in St. Louis. Tupman, a Concord, New Hampshire ., native, had planned to move back home and open his own business.

In 2015, their love for each other prompted Tupman to join Bemis in Alton. By 2016, both were working at Dr. Frank C. Bemis’ office. They married in 2017. The couple welcomed their first daughter, Paris, in June 2019, and their second daughter, Ayla, in August 2021.

Dr. Chrissy Faccin-Rives joined Bemis Tupman Chiropractic in April 2019. She has remained a valuable part of the practice.

The practice also includes two full-time employees who were patients before they joined the team.

“They are both incredible at their jobs,” said Dr. Bemis, “and they understand and promote the importance of chiropractic in their daily lives. They are invested in our mission of being a beacon of hope and healing in our community.

“We offer chiropractic-based continuing education twice a year to our entire team,” she added. “We will also fund any continuing education they find that is specific to their jobs. One of our employees went through training to become a chiropractic radiology technician last year and is now certified to take all the X-rays in our office.”

After the COVID-19 shutdowns, Bemis Tupman Chiropractic wanted to help bring awareness to other small businesses in the area that were struggling. In 2021 it launched the “Small Business Spotlight” focused on different small businesses throughout the Riverbend. The idea was that patients would buy items from that business through Bemis Tupman Chiropractic and one winner from those customers would be chosen in a monthly drawing for a $25 gift card from the highlighted business. Highlighted businesses included My Just Desserts, Alterations by Barb, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Bossanova Restaurant and Lounge, Lonnie’s Nail Spa and It’s Raining Zen.

The practice also supports the annual Boys and Girls Club of Alton’s Tennies & Ties as well as the RBGA’s annual LeadHERship Seminar and Golf Classic. It collects Christmas gifts and gift cards for the Oasis Women’s Center, books for the Boys and Girls Club, canned food items for area food pantries, and coats and cash donations for the Riverbend Family Services & Head Start Coats for Kids drive. It also has donated Thanksgiving dinners to ASL and donated proceeds from T-shirt sales to the Breast Cancer Prevention Program.

The office strives to ensure it is a safe, healing environment where everyone feels welcome.

“We work with people of different walks of life, different socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, and different levels of involvement in the community to help them reach their health goals through chiropractic care and lifestyle modifications,” Bemis said. “We are the only Bemis chiropractic office to be owned by a husband and wife, and to have two practicing female doctors. We keep chiropractic at the center of our care, and while we offer other services and products that compliment it, the chiropractic adjustment is the most important aspect of what we do. We strive to always educate our patients, to empower them so that they can make the best health decisions for themselves and their family members.

“We continue working toward developing better working relationships with our Riverbend medical community including general practitioners, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, pediatricians, and OB/GYNs,” she said. “We believe everyone can benefit from some form of chiropractic care, and we have seen the most successful results with patients when their health team includes a chiropractor and regular chiropractic care along with other necessary medical professionals.”

Hours are from 8 a.m. to noon and 2-6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 2-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday; 8 a.m. to noon on Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. To learn more visit bemistupmanchiropractic.com or call 618-463-1600.

The RiverBend Growth Association is the Chamber of Commerce and economic development organization for the 11 communities known as the Riverbend. For more information visit www.growthassociation.com or call 618-467-2280.